I need to get information on travel through out Northeast India.I'm OK with info about Sikkim but plan to travel to points east Assam,Meghalay and possibly to Arunacha Pradesh.
f you are planning on a trip to Northeast, I would suggest Kaziranga(Assam), Shillong and Cherrapunji(Meghalaya) and Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh). There was also the exotic Hornbill festival at Nagaland.. which I guess you might have to wait another year to catch it .. :-)
You can try out some local tour companies at Guwahati who have pretty decent customizable packages. <snip> is one that I know of. you should be able to google it pretty easily.
Thanks for the input but I opted out of of much of Assam.I am going to Guwahati only as a jump off point to Tawang.I have made plans to go to Tezpur then Dirang and onto Tawang.FromTawang I will go back through Bomdila To Guwahati.I have a limited amount of time about 6 days.Do think this is possible without being to rushed?Also have you traveled this road to Tawang and if so is it worth the time on the road?I think i'm looking at 71/2 to six hours a day driving.Let me know what you think?
I check with the Travel Company <snip>, a local travel company in Guwahati and this is the feedback I received from them.
You are right that 6 days might be a bit of a rush considering you will be travelling 7/8 hours on a regular basis. I would suggest you take a Helicopter from Guwahati to Tawang (operated by Pawan Hans, takes 45 mins and costs Rs 3600 one way). The trip by car will be more expensive and will take 2 days to reach Tawang.You can stay at Tawang for 2-3 nights and fly down to Guwahati again. Or else, since you have a couple of more days, you can drive down from Tawang to Bhalukpong on the 4th day which goes through Dirang and Bomdila where you can enjoy the scenary on the way. Enjoy the Nameri National Park on the 5th day and drive down to Guwahati on the sixth day.
Btw, I presume you know that you would require a Restricted Area Permit to visit Tawang.
Thanks Sid,Sounds like a plan.I have to ask do you have any connection with <snip>?That's OK if you do your infomation is great and appreciated.Since you grew up in Guwahati can you suggest couple of good resturants.I do know about the permit but thanks for reminding me,
Glad you liked the feedback.
Indirectly, yes I am linked to them. I went on a 3 day trip to Kaziranga last Nov when I went to Assam(India) using them, and they went out of their way to help me out when my 3 year old got sick while we were visiting the park... arranged for a doctor, and also ambulance to get her back to Guwahati. I was very happy with their humanitarian services (in times of need) and promised to do my bit to spread the good word around.
About restaurants in Guwahati, I am not sure if I can give you the best of advice, as I have been out of touch with the latest there since 1996. I live in the US and visit Assam once in 2-3 years and most of time is spent visiting relatives and friends ...part of the big indian family thing. I went to one Mainland China last time and found the food to be pretty good, even though the price was on the higher side.. but I heard there are quite a few authentic assamese cuisine restaurants which have opened up recently and the foods are good and affordable.
All the best for your trip.